Acne doesn’t have to be a part of your life. There are many effective treatments offered by medical dermatologists to reduce the appearance of acne. Your dermatologist at Manhattan Center for Dermatology will examine your skin and go over treatment options with you.
The best acne treatments succeed in the following:
- Banish pimples
- Keep pimples from forming
- Have minimal side effects
- Produces no scarring
You dermatologist has several options when prescribing or suggesting acne treatments. You may need to take a pill, or you may simply put a special cream on your skin. The type of acne treatment you receive is typically based on how severe your acne is. Here is a list of the common medications you may want to try with your doctor’s advice:
- Benzoyl peroxide solutions
- Retinoid Creams or oral retinoids
- Oral or topical antibiotics
Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that causes acne, and bacteria are not resistant to this substance. Be aware that your skin will be more irritated if you use a treatment that is highly concentrated with benzoyl peroxide.
Topical retinoids are made of vitamin A, and they can be used long-term. If you decide to use topical retinoids to treat your acne, then you must be prepared for skin irritation in the first weeks of use.
Oral retinoids treat the most severe cases of acne. Be warned that you should not become pregnant while taking this medication, and you should use a reliable method of birth control while taking oral retinoids. You and your doctor must register in an iPledge program that ensures that these risks have been discussed.
Topical antibiotics kill bacteria as well. They can also reduce inflammation. However, bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics will not be affected by topical creams. Because of this, antibiotics are used along with other treatments.
Oral antibiotics work much like topical antibiotics, except they are taken in the form of a pill. Oral antibiotics are utilized for more severe forms of acne.
Your doctor will assist you in finding the right treatment for your skin. If you just can’t get rid of your acne, consider contacting Manhattan Center for Dermatology and setting up an initial consultation. We are conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan, as well as in Scarsdale.
Mohs skin cancer surgery is an effective and less disfiguring technique to completely remove skin cancers. At first, this surgery was used to remove squamous and basal cell skin cancers, but studies have shown it to be effective in eradicating the more dangerous melanoma as well.
What Happens In Mohs Surgery?
During Mohs surgery, the dermatologist shaves off the cancerous lesion one layer at a time along with a very small margin of healthy skin. It is then examined under a microscope, and more layers are removed until no more cancerous cells are detected. This not only leads to less scarring, but preserves more healthy tissue and results in the highest cure rate of any other type of skin cancer treatment. The cure rate is as high as 99 percent. It’s also an outpatient procedure, and the patient only needs a local anesthetic.
Mohs surgery usually takes about four hours, though it can be longer depending on the patient. Though it’s an outpatient treatment, the patient should clear their calendar, and bring some work or reading material with them in case the surgery goes long. The longest part of the treatment is when the tissue sample is taken to the lab to be analyzed under the microscope. This takes about an hour.
The surgery itself takes great skill on the part of the dermatologist, so many of these doctors have specialized training even as Mohs surgery is taught as part of basic dermatology study.
After the Surgery and Recovery
When the dermatologist has determined that all of the skin cancer is gone, they may let the wound heal on its own with just a dressing over it or use sutures to close it. Deeper wounds may be covered with skin grafts or skin flaps. If the wound has been unexpectedly deep, the dermatologist will close it up, and refer the patient to a doctor who specializes in reconstructive surgery.
Because people who have had one episode of skin cancer are at higher risk for other skin cancers, the patient should be diligent about keeping follow-up appointments with their doctor.
Call Manhattan Center for Dermatology for More Information About Mohs Surgery
Patients in the Greater NYC (or Scarsdale) areas who have (or believe to have) skin cancer should contact the offices of the Manhattan Center for Dermatology for more information about Mohs surgery, an effective, outpatient procedure that minimizes scarring while providing a high cure rate.
Dry skin is a common condition that nearly everyone, regardless of age, has experienced at some time. Dry skin develops from the loss of natural body oils and water in the cells on the top, outer layer of your skin.
The results can be itchy, cracked, chapped, scaly, or red, bleeding skin. Manhattan Center for Dermatology is an experienced dermatologist center in NYC that can diagnose the cause for your skin problem and prescribe a treatment regimen.
DERMATOLOGIST’S LIST OF DRY SKIN SYMPTOMS
There are a number of general symptoms associated with dry skin, whether your condition is temporary or lifelong. You dry skin may be related to the climate where you live, your individual age and medical health history, how much time you spend indoors in a dry environment, and how much time you spend outdoors exposed to the elements. Some typical symptoms are:
- Rough looking and feeling skin
- Tight skin feeling after bathing or swimming
- Itchy skin
- Scaly, flaky, chapped skin
- Cracks, wrinkles, and fine lines
- Red, irritated or bleeding skin
- Red, dry hands after excessive exposure to water
DRY SKIN TREATMENT TIPS
In addition to minimizing the events that cause dry skin, we recommend the following treatment tips:
- Bath and hand wash with warm water and use gentle skin cleaners that are fragrance-free and have a high content of glycerin. Limit your bathing time to 5 to minutes and gently, but thoroughly, towel dry yourself.
- Moisturize your body and hands immediately after bathing or washing your face and hands to replenish the lost natural skin oils and water levels. Keep a small jar or tube of moisturizer in your desk, the kitchen, and your car for use throughout the day. Moisturize your skin before going to bed. Look for commercial moisturizers with therapeutic ingredients like petroleum jelly or mineral oil. Other natural oils in moisturizers that help to repair dry skin are shea butter, olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin B3 oil. Humectants are water binders and are listed in moisturizers as urea, glycerin, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid.
- Wear protective gloves when working with moist materials or water.
- Increase the level of indoor humidity to protect your exposed skin.
- Wear protective clothing like hats, gloves, and scarves to protect your skin from cold, harsh weather.
- Wear SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin, SPF 30+ lip gloss, and hats and sunglasses to protect your skin from UV ray damage all year long.
WHEN TO SEE A SPECIALIST
If your dry skin does not respond to a regular skin care routine, or the dryness continues to go away and return, you may have another problem or ailment such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, rashes, alopecia, or skin cancer that will require the attention of a dermatologist.
The easiest and most expedient way to determine the root cause and necessary treatment for your individual dry skin situation, is to schedule an appointment today with Manhattan Center for Dermatology for an examination and consultation.
If you shy away from being in photographs because you are embarrassed or self conscious of acne, then a similar technology that uses light could help you embrace being in the camera’s eye. Light therapy uses two kinds of light to treat acne and the bacteria that causes it. Find out more to see if photodynamic acne therapy might work for you in Manhattan.
Beneath The Surface
Washing your face obviously helps keep it clean, but this only affects the surface of your skin. Red light at certain wavelengths can interact with the skin to get below pores and reach the sebaceous glands that cause excess oil and clog pores. Visible red light heats can shrinks sebaceous glands, which prevents blackheads and whiteheads from forming.
Chemicals in acne bacteria share qualities with blue light that make them resonate at specific wavelengths, and the light heats up the chemicals so that they burst the membranes protecting the acne bacteria.
The vulnerable bacteria is then attacked by oxygen and dies within 48 hours. Teens and young adults will notice results quickly from this treatment while older adults might not see any difference for a week or more.
Just The Right Balance
The same blue light produced by the sun can be harnessed to kill acne causing bacteria, but UV light is not used in this treatment.
This means the blue light does not damage skin. To keep red light from burning the skin, it is used in conjunction with blue light in a pulsating pattern.
Dermatologists have found that photodynamic acne therapy works when using the red light only as much as necessary to heat but not harm the skin.
Putting It All Together
With weekly treatments for a month, photodynamic therapy could remove 2/3 of blemishes and half of blackheads and whiteheads.
The biggest positives of this method are that:
- Acne bacteria can build a resistance to antibiotics but not light therapy.
- This is safe for pregnant women.
- Advantages exist for all skin types.
- A dermatologist can safely perform the treatment with little risks.
The possible downsides for this treatment are that:
- Acne is not permanently removed.
- This therapy is only part of an effective skin care regime.
- Injuries can occur when falling asleep or using DIY treatments.
If you think photodynamic light therapy might work for your acne issues, consult Manhattan Center for Dermatology today for more information.
Complaints about athlete’s foot are very common, but what most people don’t realize is that itchy, peeling, smelly, cracked feet can be caused by either foot fungus or fungal toenail infections.
These types of fungal overgrowths are normally just unpleasant and embarrassing, but for some immunocompromised people, they can actually be dangerous because they may turn into more serious problems. Here’s what you can do to treat and stop toe fungus before it becomes truly problematic.
Visit the Dermatologist Promptly
Waiting to seek treatment for a foot fungus is the worst thing you can do. While you are waiting, the fungus can spread to other parts of the body, making it even more difficult to get rid of. Since they primarily focus on the skin, a dermatologist is the best person to help you treat a foot fungus.
They can make sure that your health issues are not caused by any dangerous conditions like skin cancers, and then your dermatologist can confirm that you do have a skin fungus. At your dermatologist’s office, you can find the treatment that works best for you.
Use an Antifungal Cream for Foot Fungus
There are plenty of over the counter medications that dermatologists recommend for patients with a foot fungus. When looking for a treatment, try to find one that is clearly marked as an antifungal remedy for the feet.
There are sprays or powders that can help a little bit, but most dermatologists agree that creams are more effective for fungus on the feet because they thoroughly coat the skin and sink below the surface.
Use Oral Antifungals for Toenail Fungus
There is no way to get a cream or spray underneath the beds of toe nails where fungus may be lurking. Therefore, the best option is a pill that you can take for a few months to inhibit fungus growth throughout the body. These are highly effective at treating toenail fungus, so talk to your dermatologist about getting a prescription for antifungal pills instead of just using topical ointments.
If you are suffering from a foot or toenail fungus, do not struggle with it on your own. At our Manhattan and Scarsdale locations, we can provide treatment that will help you to get rid of fungus once and for all. Call Manhattan Center for Dermatology today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you treat your foot or toenail fungus.
The idea of using natural exfoliants to improve the appearance of the skin dates back thousands of years. Even Cleopatra was known to bathe in sour milk, which contains a natural form of alpha-hydroxy acid. Exfoliants and chemical peels have improved significantly since Cleopatra’s time, making them a popular non-invasive skin care treatment.
Customized Skin Care
Recent advances in skin treatment have led to the development of a wide range of exfoliating acids and enzymes. This allows skin practitioners to customize a chemical peel ideally suited for your skin type or concern. Today’s chemical peels can safely treat a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Sun damage
Chemical peels work by gently removing dead skin cells and stimulating the skin’s natural regeneration process. In as little as one treatment, most patients notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of their skin, including:
- A decrease in fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduced pore size
- Fewer blemishes
- Better overall skin tone and texture
The Vitamin A Infusion Peel
The vitamin A infusion peel is one of the latest chemical peels to hit the market. This revolutionary new peel is designed to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow, which can improve the appearance of aging skin.
The peel uses concentrated vitamin A and custom-blended nutrients and enzymes that strengthen and rejuvenate the skin. The infusion peel is the least irritating form of vitamin A therapy and is a great option for individuals who cannot tolerate retinoic acid.
Other Advanced Peels in NYC
Manhattan Center for Dermatology is proud to offer clients several other advanced chemical peels, including:
- Baby Boomer Peel—Designed to improve fine lines, skin discoloration, and enlarged pores regardless of your age.
- Hibiscus Flower Peel—Balances oil production and evens skin tone using an enhanced Azelaic Mandelic Complex.
- Peptide Sake Peel—Combines the sake peel and the vitamin A peptide peel to regulate oil production and improve hydration.
- Hot Tomato Peel—A specialized peel formulated for oily and acne-prone skin.
The Benefits of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a cost-effective way to fight the signs of aging that require no downtime. Many clients notice improvement after their first treatment, and the results only become more apparent with subsequent treatments.
If your skin is showing the signs of time and aging, contact Manhattan Center for Dermatology today. We can help you uncover a more youthful-looking you.
While the exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, researchers believe psoriasis results from various factors such as genetics, immune system, and environment. With these three factors added together, the risk of developing psoriasis is greater than the risk of someone without any of these factors.
Genetics and its impact on your skin’s health
Psoriasis patients often have a family member who has been affected by the disease as well. About a third of people who have psoriasis report that they also have a relative with the disease. Researchers report that up to 10% of our population is likely to inherit genes that give them a predisposition to psoriasis, although only around 3% of people who have the gene end up developing the disease.
Psoriasis and Your Immune System
The immune system protects us from foreign intruders, such as cold viruses, as they enter the body. However, sometimes there is miscommunication within the body and the immune system thinks healthy cells are actually foreign and therefore attacks them.
People suffering from psoriasis have an overactive immune system. This cause inflammation, which in turn causes of the skin to flare into a psoriasis outbreak. Healthy cells are then over-produced, which pushes excess cells to the skin’s surface too quickly. While a normal skin cycle lasts a month, people who have psoriasis go through an entire skin cycle in only a few days.
The human body can’t shed skin cells within a few days, which causes the cells to build upon each other on the skin’s surface. The red patches of thick skin caused by psoriasis are a buildup of skin cells.
Environment and Your Skin Rash
Environmental factors can also trigger the genes related to psoriasis, which causes the disease to activate. While one environmental trigger may affect one person, however, it may have no effect on the next. Some of these environmental triggers include stress, skin injury, infection, and medications such as lithium and quindine.
Prevention Tips from our Certified Dermatologist
While you are unable to prevent psoriasis, flare ups can be controlled with treatments. This not only includes topical medication, but also oral and injectables. Light therapy can also reduce the severity of psoriasis symptoms. Light therapy involves using ultraviolet light to slow the growth and inflammation of skin.
Along with medical treatment, lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of flare ups. It is best to avoid stress and keep your skin well taken care of. Using good hygiene practice will reduce infection, which will also keep the skin clear. It is important to stay on a healthy and nutritious diet that nourishes the body.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment regarding your road to healthy skin!
Stretch marks are indented streaks in the skin that often show up on fatty areas of the body such as the stomach, hips, breasts, thighs, and buttocks. Stretch marks often occur during pregnancy, due to the rapid weight gain. While they are not painful or harmful, they can cause stress and low self-esteem.
Stretch marks are a very common issue in females. The process of losing and gaining weight is an inevitable part of being a woman, and this can wreak havoc on the skin. While stretch marks are not glamorous to deal with, they can be easier to handle if you know their origin and cause.
Dermatologists are able to explain the root of the issue, what causes these lines in the skin, and how to prevent and treat them.
Causes of Your Stretch Marks
The cause of stretch marks is a mystery, but researchers believe that genes play a factor. If genetically dispositioned for stretch marks, excessive skin stretching can lead to these unsightly lines. Certain hormonal conditions such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and teenage years can also cause stretch marks.
Prevention tips from an NYC dermatologist
There is no way to completely prevent stretch marks. However, it is always a good idea to maintain hydration in your skin with a rich lotion. This will also make your skin feel healthier and smoother and appear to be more toned. It can also help to decrease itchiness. Drinking a lot of water can also help to prevent stretch marks by hydrating the body from the inside out.
Treatment methods available to enhance your skin’s appearance
Stretch marks can begin to appear lighter with time without any treatment. While no topical treatment can make a stretch mark completely disappear, several lotions and creams can help the appearance of them. Stretch marks are essentially scars, so thy are deeply marked into the skin, but can be lightened to be less noticeable. Focusing on fading stretch marks is a good way to ensure they will look better.
With certain treatments, stretch marks can become less noticeable, giving you more confidence in your appearance. No matter how dark your stretch marks are, we are able to provide treatments to make your skin look better. Contact us today for a consultation about your journey to beautiful skin.
Laser facials can be expensive. Chemical peels are an alternative. For less money, remove dead skin cells, small scars, fine lines, dark spots, freckles and other unwanted skin imperfections that can result from hormones, aging and exposure to the elements. Implemented on an outpatient basis, chemical peels can be safely performed by trained medical estheticians at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology.
There are different chemical peels. Choosing one will be dependent on factors like skin color, texture, imperfections and elasticity. The professionals at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology will counsel you on which solution works best for you.
Lowest Grade: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Peel
An AHA peel can manage skin textures that are dry and rough. The procedure will utilize skin bleaching agents to minimize dark spots and skin discoloration. These peels will take about 10 minutes to apply. The finish will give the appearance of a sunburn. Skin will be dry and red. Over the next five days, skin will peel and heal.
Medium Grade: TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) Peel
A TCA peel is applied to treat surface acne, fine lines and slight skin imperfections. This peel takes about 15 minutes. Darker skin may require multiple treatments spaced out over several months. The application could result in redness, mild swelling, crusting, scabbing, and, of course, peeling. Your downtime can be between five and 10 days, dependent on how long it takes the skin to heal.
Higher Grade: Phenol or Carbolic Acid Peel
This intense peel is for deep, coarse wrinkles, and deep skin imperfections and dark spots. Unlike other chemical peels, phenol peels cannot be applied to the neck or other body parts as it can leave scars. The procedure has to be performed by a medical professional because it requires general anesthesia and a sterile environment. There may be after-effects like heavy swelling, and eyes swelling and hindering vision. Bandages may be applied, but they will be removed after a few days. Pain killers may be prescribed. Female patients will not be able to wear makeup for up to 14 days. As the skin will be susceptible to damage, you will need to stay out of the sun up to three weeks.
Getting the proper information on peels has to be a priority. The professionals at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology are prepared to educate everyone in the greater New York area about chemical peels. Give us a call and schedule a consultation.
Overview of Titan Laser Treatments
Titan laser treatments are designed to give patients a more youthful appearance through tighter and healthier looking skin.
When people age, skin can sag and loosen. Wrinkles can be managed with medically-approved solutions like Botox, Restalyn or Juvederm, but these do not manage sagging skin. Titan laser solutions are a non-invasive and proven solution in that regard.
The procedure targets collagen production below the skin’s top layer, stimulating production, and creating tighter and firmer skin from within. Titan laser treatments promote the body’s natural repair of the skin, leaving a more youthful and glowing look. And unlike treatments like Botox which only maintains an appearance, Titan treatments can actually improve appearance over time as collagen growth continues.
The versatility of Titan
Another great benefit to Titan laser treatments are, unlike other solutions, it can be applied anywhere on the body. It can be used to manage loose abdominal skin left behind after pregnancy or weight loss. At the Manhattan Center for Dermatology, we have staff trained in this relatively new technology. We’ve studied and carefully tested and approved its versatility for everything from managing stretch marks to sagging jowls.
About this cosmetic treatment
The Titan laser treatment is the brainchild of Cutera, a global leader in face and body aesthetic solutions. They strive to facilitate management of appearances through non-invasive, non-surgical and non-ablative processes. The Titan laser treatments utilize infra-red light to deliver controlled pulses to the skin. This generates deep and precise heat to dermal layers but limits penetration to deep tissue. Dermal heating has proven to be an effective and safe pathway for tightening skin, stimulating collagen production and remodeling.
Throughout the procedure, epidermal layers are constantly monitored and cooled, ensuring the process is virtually free of pain. Many patients are fully aware of the process as there is no need for general or local anesthesia. Many have reported the treatments to be soothing. There have been incidences of redness or mild irritation, but these side effects have dissipated with hours of treatment, leaving behind no visible scarring or discoloration.
This treatment targets loose skin, stretch marks, post-baby bellies, sagging and underarm flab. The speed, convenience and proven results of Titan laser treatments make it a sound option for anyone that’s unhappy with the way their skin is aging. In the New York area, the Manhattan Center for Dermatology has the services and professionals for giving you youthful and attractive skin. Contact our office and schedule an appointment today.
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